Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013

John Kerry compares Boston bombing families to flotilla terrorists mourners

America may be reeling from the Boston bombing terrorist attack, but allies in Israel were eager to see support grow between the two nations. John Kerry’s comments Sunday may have set that back as he compared the mourning families in Boston to the Gaza flotilla incident.

“I think Turkey is working in very good faith to get there. I know it’s an emotional issue with some people. I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident we understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them. And nobody – I mean, I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country. We’re very sensitive to that.

State Dept photo John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu, April 2013

State Dept photo John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu, April 2013

“But going forward, we have to find the best way to bring people together to reduce tensions and undo the stereotypes that divide people and try to make peace.”

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon was very critical of the Secretary of State’s comparison. “It is never helpful when a moral equivalency is made confusing terrorists with their victims,” Danon told The Times of Israel on Monday.

“As our American friends were made all too aware once again last week, the only way to deal with the evils of terrorism it to wage an unrelenting war against its perpetrators wherever they may be,” added Danon, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

Pro-Palestinian Turkish activists killed by the Israeli Defense Forces aboard the Mavi Marmara, a boat involved in the 2010 Gaza flotilla may not be comparable to the murderous terrorist attack to spectators at the Boston Marathon and their families.

Middle East expert Barry Rubin, Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, told TheBlaze, “To call Kerry’s statement incredibly ignorant, insulting to Israel, and counterproductive is an understatement. Those killed on the Mavi Marmara were terrorists, aiding a group (Hamas) like those who committed the Boston atrocity.”

“Now he labels Israel as terrorist for defending itself from terrorists. Kerry’s statement gave the Turks justification for not conciliating. Would Americans accept an apology from those who staged the Boston attack? Of course not,” Rubin added.

Right-wing critics and Israeli sources expressed shock that Kerry would equate terrorists with innocent victims: Kerry Compares Boston Victims, Marmara Terrorists



Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, April 9, 2013.
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  1. PALESTINE NEWS | April 23, 2013 | Occupied Palestine | فلسطين says:

    […] Kerry compares Boston bombing families to flotilla terrorists mourners http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/john-kerry-compares-boston-bombing-families-to-flotilla-terrorists-… […]

  2. Mladen Andrijasevic says:

    John Kerry’s comparison is obscene. Where is the uproar in the US?

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